Category Archives: Cycling

Giro d’Italia stage 19 shortened after rider protest

Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, the longest stage of the race set to run 258km (160 miles) from Morbegno to Asti, has been shortened after a rider protest at the stage start on Friday morning.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/news/giro-ditalia-stage-19-shortened-to-150km-after-rider-protest/

Giro d’Italia stage 15: Tao Geoghegan Hart wins as João Almedia limits losses to hold pink jersey

British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart kept Team Ineos Grenadiers’ success rolling at this 2020 Giro d’Italia, winning stage 15 from an elite group atop the climb to Piancavallo.

Geoghegan Hart was one of three riders to survive the relentless pace on the category 1 climb, and he sprinted past Sunweb duo Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman to take the stage victory, bringing Ineos Grenadiers its sixth stage win at this year’s Giro.

“I’ve only won a few races in my career so this is something incredible to me,” Geoghegan Hart said. “For me, crossing the line first is something truly incredible.”

The British rider dedicated the victory — his first in a grand tour — to the team’s late sport director Nicolas Portal, who died earlier this year at the age of 40.

— Read on www.velonews.com/events/giro-ditalia/giro-ditalia-stage-15-tao-geoghegan-hart-wins-as-joao-almedia-limits-losses-to-hold-pink/

#GirodItalia: Filippo Ganna wins stage 14 time trial in Valdobbiadene

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) destroyed the competition to take his third victory at the Giro d’Italia, winning the stage 14 time trial in a blistering time of 42:40. The world champion was 26 seconds quicker than his teammate Rohan Dennis in second place.

Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) was by far the best performer of the GC contenders, finishing in third at 43 seconds behind Dennis and rocketing himself into fourth place overall. Having started the day in 11th place, McNulty is now just 12 seconds off a podium position after Pello Bilbao gave away more than a minute to the top GC riders.

Aside from McNulty’s ride, there was no huge shake-up in the overall standings.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/races/giro-d-italia-2020/stage-14/results/

Giro d’Italia 2020 – ‘Will this race even get to Milan?’ – Yates Covid test

The news that Simon Yates had to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia after testing positive for Covid-19 will have sent shockwaves through the peloton, according to Brian Smith.

Mitchelton-Scott announced that team leader Yates would not start Stage 8 of the Giro after he returned a positive test for coronavirus having developed symptoms after Stage 7. No other members of staff tested positive but Yates was forced to withdraw from the race.

— Read on www.eurosport.com/cycling/giro-d-italia/2020/giro-d-italia-2020-will-this-race-even-get-to-milan-wiggins-podcast-on-yates-covid-test_sto7942443/story.shtml

The American Late-Bloomer Helping to Win the Tour de France – WSJ

Anyone who has heard anything about Primoz Roglic, the current leader of the Tour de France, knows about his former career leaping off snowy mountains. His life in winter sports comes up so often that the words “former ski jumper” might as well be attached to his name on the road to Paris.

Less discussed is the unusual background of Sepp Kuss, the Tour de France teammate helping Roglic get there. Yet his back story is almost as exotic as the guy who gave up ski jumping for cycling. Kuss’s rare history is that he’s American.
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/the-american-late-bloomer-helping-to-win-the-tour-de-france-11599919303

Lamborghini launches limited-run $18,000 Cervélo R5 Lamborghini bike

Haven’t you heard? There’s a bicycle shortage in the United States as people’s discomfort with taking public transportation is met with their need to exercise. But as always, with impeccable timing, Lamborghini is here with a solution — a limited-edition street bike. Yours for merely the price of a cheap new car. 

Lamborghini teamed up with Canadian-Dutch bicycle company Cervélo Cycles to create the “ultra-limited edition” (their words) Cervélo R5 Automobili Lamborghini Edition. It wears a livery that you’ll recognize from the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and has only Italian-made components as accessories. 

Only 63 examples of the bike will be made. It’s available now and carries a price tag of $18,000 — or about $3,000 more than a new Mitsubishi Mirage.

Read on to see more of the Cervélo R5 Automobili Lamborghini Edition.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/lamborghini-launches-cervlo-r5-bike-limited-cycling-price-cost-2020-9

Tour de France Strategy Upended for a Race That May Not Finish

It was always going to be a weird Tour de France, even more so if you’re trying to crunch data on who’ll win the race — and when.

The race’s coronavirus-related rules mean that the prospect of a team, or indeed the whole peloton, cycling into Paris on Sept. 20 is anything but guaranteed. Adding to the potential for confusion this weekend, riders are headed to the Pyrenees, traditionally a venue where campaigns can be won or lost.

For Peter Gray, senior vice president of sport at NTT Ltd., it’s a recipe for chaos. While he’d normally be on site in France for the Super Bowl of cycling, this year he’s at home in Melbourne, sifting through reams of incoming info. He’s one of several NTT data mavens across the globe producing key insights for the teams, television broadcasts and an augmented reality experience for the millions of fans who’d usually be lining the course’s 3,470 kilometers (2,156 miles.)

After a two-month delay, the race took off from Nice last weekend in a “Grand Depart” marked by crashes forcing about 20% of the peloton to change bikes at some point. Rainstorms played their part, but some of it reflected an unexpected change in team strategy

If two riders or staff on a team show symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, the whole team has to pull out. That means many riders anticipate each day’s racing could be their last. Tony Martin, road captain of the Jumbo-Visma team, went so far as to liken it to a sword of Damocles.

Organizers could in theory scrap the race and announce the winner at any time in the next 17 days. Gone is the strategy of sacrificing stage wins for consistently strong finishes in order to keep legs fresh.

The race is “more unpredictable and in many ways chaotic compared to previous years,” Gray said.

— Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-09-03/tour-de-france-strategy-upended-for-a-race-that-may-not-finish

Tour de France 2020 Stage 6 – As it happened – Tour de France 2020 – Cycling – Eurosport

Tour de France 2020 Stage 6 – As it happened – Tour de France 2020 – Cycling – Eurosport

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came through Great Britain’s 101st day in yellow to retain his three-second lead over Primoz Roglic with fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar a further four seconds back in third.

Here’s what Lutsenko had to say: “It’s probably the most important victory in my life – the Tour is the bigegst race of the year, so it makes me really happy. I’ve been working hard for this win and it’s a stage that we targeted. This morning, we spoke on the bus about our plan today. I knew that I was able to get into the breakaway because I was 45 minutes down in the standings but there was still a lot of work to do. I set my own pace up the penultimate climb and I managed to ensure I was in the right place and held on for the win.”

— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.eurosport.com/cycling/tour-de-france/2020/tour-de-france-2020-live_sto7843855/story-amp.shtml

Caleb Ewan wins Tour de France stage 3; leaders prep for summit finish

Caleb Ewan wins Tour de France stage 3; leaders prep for summit finish

Ewan earned his fourth career Tour stage victory, surging past several sprinters to edge Ireland’s Sam Bennett after five hours on the saddle. Peter Sagan finished fifth and took over the green jersey, leading the sprinter standings.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe remains in the yellow jersey. The top contenders to wear yellow in Paris in three weeks all finished with the same time, too.

— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/olympics.nbcsports.com/2020/08/31/caleb-ewan-tour-de-france-stage-3/amp/

Tour de France: Alexander Kristoff wins crash-marred stage 1 | Cyclingnews

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) took stage 1 and the first yellow jersey on stage 1 of the 2020 Tour de France.

The Norwegian won ahead of Mads Pedersen (Trek Segaredo) and Cees Bol (Sunweb) after a chaotic stage that was overshadowed by a run of crashes and bad weather. At one point the stage was neutralized by the riders, such was the high volume of falls on the slick roads around Nice.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-de-france-2020/stage-1/results/